Indian Wells – Tues

20:00 – Lopez v Soderling

 

Rankings are 34 and 7. Head to heads are 4-3 to Lopez.

 

Soderling has had a good run of results since his first round exit from the Australian Open in January.

 

Lopez has fought hard this season as always but with little reward.

 

Soderling hits 62% of his first serves and wins 86% of his service games.

 

One stat to note is that Lopez tops the table for break points saved at an incredible 76%.

 

I may back Soderling from the start but perhaps better to back him on serve. Make sure you have a plan for what to do if the game goes against you. Strategies for this are on the members area at TradeShark Tennis.

 

Update: Tough first set with Soderling winning it on a tie break.  he won an early break in the second set and held on for the match.

 

Soderling won 7-6, 6-4.

 

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22:00 – Greul v Melzer

 

Rankings are 58 and 28. Head to heads are 2-1 to Greul. Greul won their last 2 matches although both were on clay.

 

Melzer has been very consistent in 2010. He has regularly been reaching the quarter final stage of tournaments.

 

Greul had a good win against Monfils in the last round and has also beaten Tsonga and Isner this year.

 

Melzer wins 82% of his service games. He knows how to play the latter rounds of tournaments and that will be his edge today.

 

Back Melzer on serve. I’d expect him to win in 2 tight sets.

 

Update: Melzer goes through as Greul pulled out before with match.

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